After a devastating year due to the global coronavirus pandemic, youth sports has been severely impacted, most notably the social emotional well being of children due to extreme periods of isolation.
The youth at Lost Boyz have taken a particular interest in the rich history of African American participation in baseball from a historical perspective. This has led to an in-depth study of Negro League Baseball through the lens of the Harlem/Negro Renaissance. This undertaking has ultimately led to the front doors of the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City Missouri.
Mr. Kendrick, President of the Negro League Baseball Museum, was a recent recipient of our Joe Black Humanitarian Award. Here's Mr. Kendrick's acceptance speech and who Joe Black was and how much he meant.
As part of the return to play and normal socialization Lost Boyz has planned an excursion to the Museum for the summer of 2021. This trip will not only involve a trip to the NLB Museum, but immersion into the rich African American musical and historical culture embedded in Kansas City. Lastly, of course baseball teams love to play on the road, and the teams from Lost Boyz will be participating in games/tournaments on historically fit fields that promote these exact ideas for youth that live in and visit Kansas City.
Lost Boyz will be bringing a group of at least 100 players, coaches and parents, current estimations place the cost of travel, lodging, admissions fees (tournaments/museum) between 30-40K in total. The organization is seeking to fundraise the need resources across the next 3-4 months. On average this cost is $300-400 per person which is quite costly for the families served by Lost Boyz, especially those with multiple children in the program.